Relationships and connections with other people can be some of the most rewarding parts of life! However, starting or keeping up strong, healthy relationships can be hard. These tools and resources are meant to get you thinking about how you can improve your current relationships, as well as build new relationships.

Continuing the Conversation

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Questions for Reflection

  • What relationships in your life are most challenging? What is challenging about them?
  • What can you do to manage a challenging relationship?
  • How do your own behaviors contribute to keeping a challenging relationships challenging?
  • What prevents you from developing new relationships?
  • What are the benefits of being vulnerable in a relationship? What are the risks?
  • How did your relationships change when you returned from military service?


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What the Science Says

Learn about important research that relates to the lives of women Veterans.

  • Social Support From Military Friends Improves Physical Health Outcomes

    This study examined whether maintaining social support from military friends following active duty is associated with physical health and use of healthcare among 3,524 women Veterans.

    Study Findings:

    • Women Veterans who reported more social support from their military friends were more likely to report better physical health.
    • Women Veterans who reported more social support from their military friends were less likely to go to the doctor.
    • Women with probable PTSD were more likely to report worse physical health and go to the doctor more often, but social support remained protective regardless of whether they had probable PTSD or not.

    We Conclude:

    • Maintaining relationships with military friends is associated with positive health outcomes.


    Lehavot et al. (2013). The role of military social support in understanding the relationships between PTSD, physical health, and healthcare utilization in women veterans. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26, 772-775.

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